Accident Cessna 441 Conquest II N441NC, Friday 11 January 1980
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Date:Friday 11 January 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic C441 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 441 Conquest II
Owner/operator:Nichols Construction Corporation
Registration: N441NC
MSN: 441-0099
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Atlantic Ocean -   Atlantic Ocean
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Baton Rouge, LA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Following the 1979 season, NCAA football coach Robert "Bo" Rein was hired away from NC State by Louisiana State University. In January 1980, Rein took a recruiting trip to Shreveport, Louisiana. On his January 10, 1980 return trip back to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, his private aircraft crashed, leaving no survivors.
Rein and experienced pilot Louis Benscotter left Shreveport in a Cessna 441 aircraft. The flight was planned to be a 40-minute trip, but when Benscotter rerouted east to avoid a storm, air traffic control lost contact with him. The aircraft climbed to 40,000 feet and kept heading due east. After being tracked on radar, the aircraft was eventually intercepted by U.S. Air National Guard Convair F-106 Delta Dart fighter aircraft over North Carolina, a thousand miles off-course and at an altitude of 41,600 ft (12,700 m), 6,600 ft (2,000 m) feet higher than its maximum certified ceiling. The military pilots could not see anyone in the cockpit and the aircraft continued on over the Atlantic Ocean, where it crashed after running out of fuel. A US Coast Guard crew spotted some debris, but no wreckage was ever recovered. The bodies of Rein and Benscotter have never been found.
The cause of the crash is undetermined but was most likely cabin depressurization causing hypoxia, a lack of oxygen, resulting in the occupants losing consciousness.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: IAD80AA018
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
18-Nov-2017 10:13 wf Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Destination airport]
18-Oct-2019 18:55 Gumbo123 Updated [Source, Narrative]

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